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Newsletter August 3

Newsletter August 3

We hope you are keeping well in this excruciating Japanese summer heat.

The perfect occasion to go grab a nice cold Belgian beer at Belgian Beer Weekend (BBW) Hibiya!
We hope to welcome many of you at our summer beer gathering, tomorrow 4 August, between 18:00 and 21:00 at Hibiya Park.
We will be located in a tent next to the stage – 2 free coins for our members!

BBW Hibiya is sponsored by BLCCJ member company Umicore


Other BLCCJ EVENTS lined up:

Online meet-and-greet “Meet the BLCCJ Members”: Tuesday 9 August, 18:30-19:30 @ Zoom


Online Asian BeLux Chambers Strategic Networking: Tuesday 30 August, 15:30-19:00 @ Conversation Starter platform


-Do not miss the deadline for our Nippon Export Award 2022-2023!
You still have time to apply until Wednesday 31 August.


-Save-the-date! Webinar on “Sustainable Construction” in the framework of our Asian BeLux network: Friday 30 September, 16:00-17:45 @ Zoom
More details will go out soon


BLCCJ Gala “100”: Friday 11 November, 18:30-23:00 @ Conrad Tokyo

Take advantage of the Early Bird campaign – a JPY 2,000/person discount only available until 30 September!
Early Bird fee (until 30 September 2022):
Members and Guests: JPY 25,000 / Non-Members: JPY 30,000
From 1 October until 1 November 2022 :
Members and Guests: JPY 27,000 / Non-members: JPY 32,000



-The Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office Tokyo has published its July newsletter


-On June 30 and July 1 the tech event “ICT Spring” was held in person again in Luxembourg. 6 Japanese startups participated. They will share their experiences at a review event, on Wednesday 24 August, 18:00-19:30 @ Luxembourg Embassy
For more details and to sign up, please go to the dedicated website.


-In 2022, Esch-sur-Alzette is a European Capital of Culture – a label awarded to a different city or region within the European Union each year. The territory of Esch2022 also includes ten other municipalities in Luxembourg and eight in France.
Discover the many projects and events planned on the dedicated website.



-We are happy to welcome new corporate member Moro Global to the BLCCJ network!
MORO GLOBAL is a private multinational group of companies headquartered in Brussels (BE), with a special interest in Innovation, Technology & Digital Economy.


-Tokyo Employment Consultation Center (TECC) is organizing the webinar “Here’s what successful companies look for! ~Recruitment of talented people and Government Support for Entrepreneurship”: Wednesday 24 August, 10:00-11:30
For more information and to register, please go to the dedicated website.


A few NEWS HEADLINES of the past days:

-Japan hit by shortage of essential service workers due to COVID surge (Mainichi Japan, August 3)


-Japan health experts urge gov’t to speed up review of COVID measures (Kyodo News, August 2)


-Kishida hints he may reclassify COVID-19 into a lower category (The Asahi Shimbun, August 1)


-Savings by Japan’s households rise by $400 bil. during pandemic (NHK World – Japan, August 2)


-ANA sees profit in April-June for 1st time in 3 yrs on demand pickup (Kyodo News, August 1)


-Minimum wage in Japan expected to rise by ‘at least’ 23 cents, biggest hike ever (Mainichi Japan, August 1)


-Japan’s June unemployment rate stays at 2.6% (NHK World – Japan, July 29)


-Japanese life expectancy sees 1st decline in 10 years amid pandemic (Kyodo News, July 29)


-Expo 2025 in Osaka gains momentum with 130 nations on guest list so far (Kyodo News, July 31)


-Magnificent wooden canopy to be symbol of 2025 Osaka Expo (The Asahi Shimbun, August 3)


Finally, the BLCCJ office will be closed for the Japanese O-bon holiday from Thursday 11 August until Tuesday 16 August. We will be back at work on Wednesday 17 August.


Take good care of yourselves!